October 3, 2015

"Each of you knows that the foundation of our faith is charity. Without it, our religion would crumble. We will never be truly Catholic unless we conform our entire lives to the two commandments that are the essence of the Catholic faith: to love the Lord, our God, with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves...” P.G. Frasatti.

 When I read this quote I think of a mountain, and the famous motto: “Verso L’Alto”. I try to think of what this mountain means to me, and going a little deeper what this mountain means to P.G. Frasssati.

Charity is not just giving a poor man a piece of bread, even pagans with a good heart can do good things, and I think they call it community service. We Christians don’t do community service; we do works of mercy in the name of Christ. There is a reality when we do such works, it is beautiful, it is extraordinary, and it is full of grace and love. A good heart is not enough to exercise charity, but a PURE heart is. In order to see the reality of what CHARITY really means we need a pure heart.

The problem is that most of us don’t have a pure heart, and unfortunately the meaning of having a pure heart is often reduced to “avoiding lust at all cost”,when there are other six deadly sins as lethal as our NYC temptations, which also prevent us from being pure.  And this is the mountain we must conquer, PURITY OF HEART sounds like the real deal, it sounds hard, and almost unattainable…and it is the real deal, it is hard, and you would never attain such purity on your own, because is not a prize based on your merits but a God given grace you would be given as you climb up all the way to it.

I can honestly say that the idea of purity of heart sounded boring at first when I started contemplating it,  but having met PG Frassati gave it another face, this guy looks like he had so much fun and the greatest time climbing that mountain. And the truth is that there is no other way “only childlike people” will see the glory of our Lord.

If we don’t strive for a pure heart, whatever we do is like we are building our house on sand. We can be part of all the fellowships in the world, attend a million retreats, go to as many mission trips and all the catholic groups in the universe, but without a pure heart we are just walking around a mountain, getting tired for no reason, but never getting to the top. 

So today let us look at that mountain we need to conquer, let’s not walk around it anymore, God has patience but let’s not test it more and start climbing, go for the purity of heart! Have fun, don't miss out!!! Catch up to PG Frassati, he can give us good tips on how to persevere!

Only then, our charity will be perfect and please God, only then we will become true Catholics.

Let us listen to our dear friend PG who  is loudly encouraging us to be the real deal just like he was. 

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Today's gospel)

Verso L'Alto

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